Ohio Governor John Kasich took a shellacking in 2011 when he tried to decimate public union workers and their collective bargaining rights. No doubt he hopes the ghost of SB 5 stays in the past and doesn’t return to haunt his future.
Gov. Kasich showed again recently that he hasn’t forgotten the licking he took at the ballot box, and if the Lord gives him another chance to deliver a divine blow to public school teachers, and the unions that represent them, he’d gladly take up the sword and cross and try again to accomplish what he failed to do four years ago.
Kasich’s High Standards Include Crippling Unions
The New Hampshire Education Summit Wednesday was the forum for Carly Fiorina, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to answer questions about their views on K-12 public education. The interviews were conducted by Campbell Brown, a former on-air news personality for NBC and wife of Dan Senor, a spokesman for President George W. Bush during the War in Iraq.
Held at Londonderry High School, the Republican event offered a chance for these six Republican presidential hopefuls to show off their education expertise, talk about what they have done or would do if they were to be elected president next year.
On the topic of Common Core curriculum, not all candidates were on the same side. Bush and Kasich backed Common Core curriculum why Jindal and Fiorina opposed it. Reducing the role of the Federal Department of Education was accepted wisdom by all.
When teachers unions entered the conversation, Republicans let their dogs out. Carly Fiorina said teachers unions are partially responsible for crippling innovation in schools. Bush went further, recalling his pitched battles with them in Florida, where he won two terms after losing his first run. “I’ve got tire marks on my forehead. You can see the gashes here. I’ve got a lot of scars,” he said, the AP reported.
But it was Ohio’s usually cranky, always combative and professional snarker himself, Gov. Kasich, who again showed his hand by making a joke about how he’d make their time at work less enjoyable. In 2011, his first year in office, John Kasich made it his mission to break them like Gov. Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. Kasich worked hard to undercut in policy and practice their efforts to properly and professionally education Ohioans for the future.
“If I were, not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us,'” Gov. Kasich said, AP New Hampshire State Wire wrote.
Ghost Of SB 5 Past Haunts Kasich
The man who likes secrets, avoids the sunlight of disclosure if at all possible and wants you think he’s a political miracle worker, is really a deceiver at heart. Hide your true plans until later, hopefully when the election is over, which is exactly what John Kasich did with teachers, firefighters, policemen and nurses. Citizen John Kasich never mentioned plans to take on public employee unions during his 2010 campaign.
Had John Kasich mentioned this controversial plan, which took flight as SB 5 after his was elected, he would never have won in the first place. Instead of winning by only two percent, John Kasich would have lost by 20 percent. His presidential hopes would have vanished before his eyes. But when Kasich lost, he bit his lip, but he never gave up hope of taking down unions more than they already have.